Crighton Theatre Newsletter
May - June 2011

See Harvey at the Crighton!

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STAGE RIGHT presents the classic story of Elwood P. Dowd who makes friends with a spirit taking the form of a human-sized rabbit named Harvey that only he sees (and a few privileged others on occasion also.) As described by Dowd, Harvey is a pooka, a benign but mischievous creature from Celtic mythology who is especially fond of social outcasts (like Elwood). Through a comedy of errors, his sister is committed instead of Elwood. Elwood and Harvey become the catalysts for a family mending its wounds and for romance blossoming in unexpected places. You may find there is more to this show than just a good time or just an old-fashioned play.

Is Harvey real or not? Whether real or not, Harvey will make an appearance. Come and see how on April 22-May 8, 2011.

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Doo Wop Wed Widing Hood

It's the 1950s, hula-hoops are in high demand, and so is Little Red Riding Hood! Wise Prince Jason (winner of the Math Olympics and the Nobel Prize), Strong Prince Justin (who can bench press his own mother) and ordinary Loud Prince Frank all want to woo Red Riding Hood. So the king and queen hire the Fairy Godmother to set three tasks for the princes. Only the prince who can find the missing girl, defeat the dragon and awaken a castle visitor from her slumber earns the right to woo Wed Widing Hood... that is, Red Riding Hood! Complete with the big bad wolf and a sock-hopping '50s score, this adventure is guaranteed to end in happily-ever-after laughter for audiences of all ages!

Performances are on May 13 at 7 PM and May 14 at 2 PM.

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Willy Wonka Jr.

The storyline has been through many renovations since Roald Dahl first created his hilarious and enchanting novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In 1971, the book was adapted into a popular musical film, starring Gene Wilder as the incomparable candy-making genius, Willy Wonka.

The stage adaptation draws its material from the original film. Charlie and his poverty stricken family comprise the first half of this play. Willy Wonka's tour with the bratty kids and their ill-mannered parents takes up the remaining half. The best part of the show is watching each obnoxious child get their comeuppance. The show also makes audience members incredibly hungry for chocolate - unless you're choco-phobic.

Performances are on May 20-27, 2011 at the Crighton - where else?

CYT Houston | Tickets | Youtube

Andrea Marcovicci: Love Songs of World War II

MCPAS presents Andrea's most requested show. Andrea takes the audience on a journey through America's most dramatic era when every song became irrevocably entwined in each precious moment. The music represents many of America's most prolific songwriters including Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer, Jule Styne, and the many others responsible for hits like Sentimental Journey, We'll Meet Again, The White Cliffs of Dover and Skylark.

An actress and singer, Andrea began on the daytime television series "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing". She debuted on Broadway in "Ambassador", the musical adaptation of the novel by Henry James, starring Howard Keel and last appeared on the Great White Way in Frank D. Gilroy's play "Any Given Day" with Sada Thompson. Her numerous appearances off-Broadway include "The Wedding of Iphigenia", "Variety Obit", "The Seagull", and as Ophelia to Sam Waterston's "Hamlet" for Joseph Papp's Shakespeare in the Park.

Performances are on May 28, 2011 at 7:30 PM.

MCPAS | Tickets | Youtube | Wikipedia

Guy Clark

Guy Clark remains a national treasure and folk icon, crafting masterful, poignant melodies and insightful lyrics. Tough, bare-boned and dryly sentimental, his beautiful songs reflect the man himself and display an old-fashioned masculinity that emphasizes honesty, integrity and carefully chosen words. Masterful and charismatic in live performance, Clark has built a devout U.S. and international following through years of touring prestigious clubs and concert halls. Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Foundation's Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004, Clark was honored with the Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting in 2005.

Performances are on June 18, 2011 at 8 PM.

Sounds of Texas | Tickets | Youtube | Official website

Roy and Sundance Head

Head achieved fame as a member of a musical group out from San Marcos, Texas known as The Traits. Head is best known for the 1965 blue-eyed soul international hit, "Treat Her Right" released by Roy Head and the Traits. After going solo Head landed several hits on the Country and Western charts between 1975 and 1985. During his career of some 50 years, he has performed in several different musical genres. One of the most gifted performers of his era, Head's extraordinary dancing and acrobatic showmanship are legendary, often compared to the likes of Elvis Presley or James Brown.

Sundance Head has been singing for as long as he can remember. The son of singer Roy Head, Sundance attributes his love for music to the many times he shared the stage with his father as a child. Sundance is now making his mark on the music industry, determined to hang a gold record of his own on the wall of his Porter, Texas home.

Performances are on June 24, 2011 at 7 PM.

Crighton Theatre | Tickets | Youtube | Official website

The Magic of Sinatra

Rick Honeycutt writes, "Is it Frank Sinatra or is it Memorex? Neither. It's Paul Salos. Paul just may be the best Sinatra singer around. He is the most complete copy from the voice to the uncanny mannerisms, this reporter has seen. The show I saw has Paul receiving three encores and a standing ovation after his medley that included "New York, New York," "Chicago," and "My Way." Paul does excellent impressions of Tom Jones, Johnny Mathis, Liberace, Perry Como, Dean Martin, and Jerry Lewis just to name a few."

Performances are on June 25, 2011 at 7:30 PM.

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Music Man Auditions

Auditions will be held on May 1st and 2nd at the historic Crighton Theatre in downtown Conroe, TX at 7 PM. All are asked to prepare at least 16 bars of a song, bring a CD or sheet music, headshot and resume if they have one and be dressed to move.

A fast-talking con man Harold Hill goes from town to town selling citizens on starting a "boy's band," then extracts money from them by ordering instruments and uniforms, with the promise that he'll teach the kids how to be musicians. Once he's collected his bankroll, Hill skips town, leaving the kids in the lurch. For more details about the main characters or the story click here.

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The Drawer Boy

The Drawer Boy replays the adventures of a young actor from a Toronto theatre group who visits the rural Ontario home of two elderly bachelor farmers to research farm life for a new play. The two farmers, Morgan and Angus, have achieved a precarious balance in their lives together. Morgan, a tough-minded, stubborn man, cares for Angus, who has had brain damage and lost his memory during the bombing of London in the Second World War. The young actor (Miles) reassures Angus by retelling their story - of the two tall women whom they loved, and who came to live with them in Canada. Miles, learns, however, that this story is a fiction, and that the truth is much sadder.

Don't miss The Drawer Boy in the Black Box on May 13-28, 2011. For directions to Country Playhouse click here.

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